Sunday, August 31, 2014

Live Oak

Yesterday I published a photo of an unusual pine tree. Here is a picture of one of the most impressive live oaks on Ocracoke Island.

I am sure many of our readers recognize this tree.  It is called Blackbeard's Oak. You can read more about this tree and other live oaks here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here:


  1. I noticed when we were on the island a week ago, that many of the trees of Springers Point are suffering or being killed by some sort of scale/fungus. The difference in the year since I've been there last is pretty startling.

    Phil, do you know anything about this, and if there is any ability to mitigate it before SP becomes a bald dune again?

    1. I do not know anything about a scale or fungus attacking trees at Springer's...although Hurricane Arthur did some damage there.

  2. Anonymous7:28 PM

    Now Philip, if you would have stood to the right a little more and adjusted your aperture slightly that may have been a good picture. Just kidding!

    I love the trees on all of the Outer Banks...weathered from years of salt, wind, and storms.

    Thanks for sharing, I hope the weather was as good as it was in Central NC today!